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    Avengers sequel announced + Marvel-based TV series coming

    "Joss Whedon has been hired on again as boss of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and their superhero pals for a sequel to The Avengers.

    The news came Tuesday from Walt Disney Co. chief executive officer Robert Iger, who said during a company earnings call that the filmmaker is returning to write and direct the sequel adapted from the Marvel Comics tales.

    Iger also said Whedon is helping to develop a Marvel-based TV series for ABC. Marvel is a Disney subsidiary."

    Joss Whedon hired to write, direct Avengers sequel | The Chronicle Herald


    Interesting stuff. No surprise that they're doing a sequel to one of the best earning movies in history. I would guess either later 2014 (as Cap 2 is earlier that year) or go for May 2015.

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    Good news. Completely unsurprising good news (because, really, who *wouldn't* give him another movie after what Avengers earned?), but still good news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rune View Post
    Wait...Marvel is a Disney subsidiary?
    In 2009, Disney bought Marvel Entertainment, which is the parent company of Marvel Worldwide, and "Marvel Worldwide" is what we colloquially call "Marvel Comics".

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    One thing I think Disney's done is a great job on the movie side of things and (of course) on merchandising. My twins love the Avengers (not the movie, it's too loud in the theater for them, they're only 4) and have t-shirts, hats, action figures, posters, and now backpacks and lunchpails. Well done Disney, you've gotten my $'s.

    They get me there and then also on the Pixar side as well.... *shakes his fist at them*

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    It'll be interesting to see how that tv series shapes up- live action vs animated, which characters, new storylines vs recycled comic-book plots. And of course, which actors.
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    And Disney is ABC. So the show won't be on FOX and cancelled 6 shows in. Yes!

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    I was figuring a title like Runaways for the TV series - recent enough that you don't have a lot of story baggage, established enough that you have some idea where to take it, and given it deals mainly with teens, potential for hand-wringing angst.

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    I won't be too surprised if they go with something SHIELD-based for a TV series - something that's been generally established in the movies, but hasn't been particularly explored.

    For instance, the Avengers DVD is coming with a short film, "Item 47", that's about a Bonnie and Clyde duo that pick up a weapon dropped in all the fighting in the movie. Wackiness ensues, and SHIELD cleans it up. They can do a series focused mostly on the stuff that's too small for the heavy-hitting superheroes. Thus they keep the effects budget down, and they have a whole lot of creative space to play with that won't clash with the movie franchises.

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